Who’s Behind the #UnlockTheBox Delay?

The FCC’s proposal to “unlock the box” would stop cable companies from forcing their customers to pay rental fees for set-top boxes, which average $231 per household per year. Instead, cable companies would be required to also support third-party devices, such as TiVo and Roku. The proposal has received ample support from the publicdevice makersindependent and minority programmerscivil rights groupscopyright expertscontent creatorsmembers of Congress, and President Obama.

But members of Congress supported by the cable industry snuck in an unnecessary rider to a must-pass government funding bill that will require the FCC to conduct additional studies on the proposal. This is simply a delay tactic from incumbents who want to maintain their stranglehold on the market. Congress gave the FCC authority to reform the video marketplace 20 years ago, and the past two years the FCC has already convened a panel of experts to study the issue and held multiple rounds of public comments. The Commissioners have examined and addressed concerns from stakeholders, and it’s time to move forward.

Consumers will pay at least $1.6 billion per month while we wait on unnecessary delays by Congress. Type your ZIP code in the tool below to get the contact information for your representatives in Congress and a script to let them know you are ready for choice and competition in the video marketplace, without delay. It’s time for the FCC to #UnlockTheBox.

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